FIRE STRIKES TWICE IN WEEKEND
A GARNANT newsagent opens this week counting the cost of a blaze which gutted his shop twice over the weekend.
And now Mr. Terry Bender 176, Cwmaman Road, fears he may have been the victim of an arson attack.
Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to the paper shop when fire broke out underneath the till on Friday night.
And a second blaze on Sunday evening destroyed the unoccupied storerooms above.
“A fireman told us the Sunday one may have been deliberate, but we don't know about the fire on Friday. It may have been an electrical fault,” said Mr. Bender, who lives next door to the rented shop.
Ammanford fire brigade were called out at 10.40 pm on Friday to deal with the burning building.
It was after midnight when neighbours rang Mr. Bender and his wife Roselyn to tell them firemen had just left the building.
“We were having a meal with my brother-in-law at Brynaman when the phone rang,” said Mr. Bender.
Two days later three young boys playing across the road from the shop spotted flames in the upstairs window.
“They ran round and knocked us up,” said Mrs. Bender. “It was about eight o' clock and we were watching television. We wouldn't have noticed the fire up there,” she added.
Mrs. Bender ran to a neighbour to call for help.
“We have Christmas stock stored there but we've lost it all now,” said Mr. Bender.
“We're still selling papers form the house though.”
The insurance assessor arrived on Tuesday afternoon. “We've asked for a thorough investigation,” said Mr. Bender.
A spokesman for Ammanford police said: “We are keeping an open mind but we are making inquiries.”